I’m pleased to announce that I will now be selling my original patterns and design tutorials! 

 The debut of this aspect of my business features this purse pattern:

Dale” is a medium sized purse pattern with 2 inside pockets and designed to feature a belt, scarf or tie.

Order the PDF Pattern HERE!



The "Dale" Handbag

The “Dale” Handbag

“Dale” is an original  purse pattern with pockets and belt from Amy Cavaness Designs. This medium sized purse is fully lined and has 2 inside pockets: a patch pocket and a zippered pocket. The straps form belt loops on the bag, through which you may run a belt, a scarf, or some other fabric tie.

I designed the purse straps to be the perfect length so the bag “tucks in” at my waist and the straps don’t fall off my shoulders.

This pattern originated with my drawer full of pretty belts that fit before, well, 4 babies and many years changed my waistline! I thought how fun it would be to have a bag that could wear my belts for me. A 25″ belt fits perfectly as-is, but I alter other belts to fit.

My original bag was made in a cute “Roy Rogers & Dale Evans” fabric (with red faux-tooled-leather straps) thus the name, “Dale”

Vintage Barkcloth Bag in Belle Armoire


This purse can be made in 2 styles: 

Rounded bottom
(right)Squared bottom (seen above)   

Both styles are included in the pattern and directions.




Clear, step-by-step instructions are fully illustrated with photographs from the construction of the brown & orange purse shown above.


This pattern has a couple of great features, useful for ANY purse you might make:

an inside zippered pocket and a reinforced bottom panel. 

Inside zippered pocket

I have bought many patterns for handbags, none of which tell how to make an inside zippered pocket. I don’t know why not–if you can sew a rectangle, you can make this pocket! Once I learned how to do this, I put a zippered pocket inside ALL my bags, and will probably put them in jackets, too. (And exposed zippers are all the rage in everything from clothing to accessories right now!)


The “Dale” handbag pattern is a PDF download which will be sent to your email address after purchase.

To purchase this pattern, go HERE to my Artfire Shop where you can pay via Paypal or Amazon. The pattern and instructions print out on 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper.

My love-affair with vintage barkloth and this style bag has been going on for many years, as evidenced by these variations of Dale.

IMG_0777-001 Barkcloth Belted Purse






Peacock Feather Bag






Halloween Purse

Vintage Barkloth bag



This is an option for a future handbag. This is my favorite type of print–a rural/scenic design featuring farmland, which is what I’m surrounded by here in central Illinois.


This red suede belt is one I’ve been hoping to use with this pattern. I think it really makes the red barns pop! I think this will be cute for spring with a pale gray lining.




I LOVE this belt! I LOVE tooled leather (even faux tooled leather!)

This combination is going to make a great purse (as the belt isn’t going around my waist anytime soon!) I might make the lining from some old blue jeans….

And speaking of old jeans–I hope to make a Dale out of upcycled denim and use some of my old scarves on it. 


Ruffled Zipper Bag/Clutch

 Up next: my “Cute ‘n Sassy” ruffled zipper bag!

(HINT: It’s already available in my Artfire shop HERE!!!!)